Assembly table - mobility vs levelling

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04-07-2017 05:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: off-feed table assembly table mobile

So I’m building a tablesaw off-feed table / assembly table, adopted from one of the common designs on the Net.

I want to be able to adjust the table (on not very even floors) so that it is parallel to and a little below the level of the TS, so I was planning on installing some fixed levelling feet.

However, I’d also like the table to be easily moveable, so when finishing or doing a glue up I can get to all sides of it. After I put the compressor on the table and some junk on the shelves …. its going to be pretty heavy.

I have some swivel castors but they have no height adjustment. The adjustable castors I’ve seen are too expensive.

Any clever ideas? I’m thinking I can put the castors on, leaving the table a little low, and then put thin boards/shims under each wheel when next to the table saw but …... its not such an elegant solution.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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#1 posted 04-07-2017 06:58 AM

I would use regular casters adjust it so it’s a hair below and level with the saw then live with it the rest of the time. You can shim the casters or top to get the table in the same plane as the saw table. As long as you always put it back the same way, in the same spot, it will be level. They do make height adjustable casters if you really want to go that route.

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#2 posted 04-07-2017 08:34 AM

For a more difficult to make idea this is what I might do. Keep in mind I have a welder.

I’d purchase some threaded rod and weld up some large nuts on metal plates so I could mount them to outside of each leg. Then I’d weld a metal pad to the end of the threaded rod, screw it into the mounted nut, weld a nut on the top end of the rod and use a ratchet wrench to turn them down to the floor after each wheeled move.

Or you could purchase the leveling feet you have a link to an add the nuts to the top. They don’t look that long though.

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#3 posted 04-07-2017 09:32 AM make really nice leveling casters that would solve your problem

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#4 posted 04-07-2017 10:08 AM

Check out a guy on you tube called the Down to Earth Woodworks—Steve Johnson. He built an outfeed table with casters but he inserted a leveling device at the top where his torsion box meets the legs. Pretty clever solution. Easier to watch than for me to describe. I think this link will take you to Part 5 of a six-part series where he describes the leveling.

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#5 posted 04-07-2017 11:05 AM

There are several builds of workbenches and tool stands where the casters are on a board that is hinged to legs. So, table sits on legs/leveling feet until moving is needed. Then you swing casters down and lock board in place.

Here’s one example...

Also, not sure what is too expensive but I put casters on my workbench and they work great.

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#6 posted 04-07-2017 06:49 PM

Depends alot on how out of whack the floors are, my outfeed goes on top af a workmate and I’ve found it’s just easier to 1/8th or so below the level of the table. First tried to have it dead nuts flat & level to the table and it would just take forever to adjust. Being a bit below the top of the TS has not created any issues for me and it’s alot less hassle

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